Bright Moments in Hard Times
NICARAGUA WAY Book Launch Party is happening. Come and celebrate. You are invited to Book Passages Bookstore by the Sausalito ferry landing in Sausalito, CA, Saturday, April 8 at 4 pm. Book reading and book signing.
My slice-of-life novel tells the story of Lorna Almendros, a San Francisco Nicaraguan-American poet, passionately engaged in supporting revolutionary struggles in Latin America and the Sandinista solidarity movement in the U.S.
This feminist tale is a coming of age story of an older woman traveling through the decades of the 1970s and 80s with its romances and history. A single mother searching for her roots, she raises a daughter, falls in love, faces deaths, griefs, intrigues, and her fears of menopause, empty nest blues, and aging.
The novel portrays a rich cast of characters, including Rini, Lorna’s daughter; Eddie, an organizer and revolutionary guerrilla fighter; Helen, her best friend, and a city politician; and Maria Rosa, a Nicaraguan-exiled immigrant. They move between San Francisco’s activist-arts community and Nicaragua, building support for change in the shadow of the U.S. undeclared wars in Central America.
Through it all, she writes poems. It reveals how she finds the courage to endure an electoral defeat with a singing heart.
All are welcome at the grand fiesta for my novel, Nicaragua Way.
With refreshments and a Central American ambiance. I can hardly wait to welcome you. It has been years in the making.
Available as a Paperback and eBook. I will be reading from my novel and signing books
Read the Reviews: here is one. Click to read all.
By Valerie Haynes Perry:
In its elegance, intelligence, and political fervor, Nicaragua Way by Nina Serrano is reminiscent of Isabel Allende’s Of Love and Shadows. It is a remarkable piece of historical fiction. Serrano depicts the environments of San Francisco and Nicaragua with equal attention and affection. Her characters comprise a tightly-knit community that is often compellingly contentious, which makes the novel thought provoking.
Lorna Almendros–activist, poet, journalist, writer, and all-around artist–commands the story and the queue of men who are bowled over by her beauty, intellectual energy, and charm like so many pins in an alley. Eddie, her long-time friend; Luis, the avant garde computer artist; and Guillermo, a mysterious Nicaraguan architect form the male triangle that surrounds the protagonist. But Lorna’s female counterparts are the ones who arguably move the story forward and give rhythm to its smooth pace. Most notably are Rini, Lorna’s daughter (an engineer); Helen, Lorna’s best friend; “Dr. Daisy,” the Cuban doctor; and Arminda, a Nicaraguan “angel.”
About Nina Serrano: Nina is a well-known, international prize-winning inspirational author and poet. With a focus on Latino history and culture, she is also a playwright, filmmaker, KPFA talk show host, a former Alameda County Arts Commissioner, and a co-founder of the San Francisco Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Oakland Magazine’s “best local poet” in 2010, she is a former director of the San Francisco Poetry in the Schools program and the Bay Area’s Storytellers in the Schools program. A Latina activist for social justice, women’s rights, and the arts, Nina Serrano at 82 remains vitally engaged in inspiring change and exploring her abundant creativity. For more information go to ninaserrano.comor contact her publisher at estuarypress.com. For more detailed information about Nina see About Nina on her website.
About Estuary Press: Estuary Press is the publisher of Nicaragua Way. It is also the home of the Harvey Richards Media Archive, a repository of photography and video documentaries of various social change and political movements during the 1960s and 1970s. Contact Paul Richards (510) 967 5577, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit estuarypress.com for more details.
MEDIA – For photos & interviews: Paul Richards (510) 967 5577; email@example.com